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Southern Ocean Chamber Holiday Hallmarks are meant to provide resources to businesses throughout the LBI region during the holiday season. The series will offer tips and tricks on how to standout as well as innovative marketing strategies, and will remind residents and visitors the importance of supporting local businesses.

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Holiday shopping lists can sometimes feel overwhelming and there’s always a few people on the list that leave shoppers feeling stumped on what to get! Help take the guesswork out of shopping for your customers and offer them a variety of gift ideas! Read below for a few creative ways to creatively market your products for the holidays.

Create Gift Categories

Shoppers are often utilizing online searches to help find inspiration on what to get hard-to-buy giftees. Give people a variety of ideas by creating gift categories. “Gifts for your Boss,” “Great Gifts for Parents,” “Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Significant Other,” etc. Create a list of options for each category and share on your website and market through your email distribution list and social media platforms.

In-Store Displays

Create a few displays within your store that show off some of your most popular or best-selling products; gifts that would be suitable for just about anyone! If you have the space/motivation, create specialized displays for some of the gift categories you created!

Offer Gift Baskets

For those looking for something easy and certain to please, put together a variety of gift baskets. Make sure to create options at a few different price points for those working within a specific budget. Gift baskets are especially ideal for those looking for last minute presents, as they’re already wrapped up and ready to gift!

Promote Your Gift Cards

You can’t go wrong with a gift card! These work especially well for gift exchanges, as shoppers may not know who will end up getting their gift or the person they’ve been assigned. Add an incentive by offering a gift card for their purchase. For example, offer a free $10 gift card for purchases over $50, or a $20 gift card for the buyer for purchasing gift cards totaling $100 or more. For more information on how to market your gift cards, read our previous blog post here.

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Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to sign up for our Holidays Redefined program – the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has extended Small Business Saturday into a season-long shopping campaign with Holidays Shopping Redefined, directing consumers to what stores are open and offering up holiday incentives. This year we’ve rolled out a brand new Instagram photo contest and digital mapping to your business for Holiday & NYE specials, seasonal extended hours, dining and events.

Do you work for a local non profit? Come to our Non Profit Volunteer Symposium event on November 26th and learn how to utilize student volunteers and deepen relationships with volunteers of all ages! The event will start at 10 a.m. at Stockton University in Manahawkin. Also, our Annual Member Holiday Cocktail Party will take place on December 11th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Hotel LBI. To attend either or both events, please RSVP to [email protected]